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Strain Sensor Could Help Robots Read Facial Expressions

A new facial expression sensor reported in the journal ACS Nano could help robots decipher our feelings. Developed by researchers in Korea, the stretchable, transparent sensor is worn on a person’s face, near the side of the lip. The sensor, which can detect small strains on …

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NCTC Robotics Team Wins Minnesota’s First VEX Robotics World Award

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – Northland Community and Technical College’s Robotics Team, XNOR, won the Amaze Award at the VEX Robotics World Championship Tournament held at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville Kentucky on April 15-18th. This is the largest robotics competition in the world with …

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Marine Robot Autonomy

by Mae L. Seto (Editor) Autonomy for Marine Robots provides a timely and insightful overview of intelligent autonomy in marine robots. A brief history of this emerging field is provided, along with a discussion of the challenges unique to the underwater environment and their impact on the level of intelligent autonomy required. Topics …

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Duratrax ONYX 7.2V NiMH Batteries and ONYX 210 Battery Charger

From: Great Planes Model Distributors Many robotic project applications require the use of 7.2V NiMH Batteries and having batteries around for testing and continuous operation are essential, our friends at Great Planes sent us some great batteries and a battery charger for use in our robot …

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Raspberry Pi for Beginners:

by, Matthew Oates Publication Date: February 11, 2015 How to get the most out of your raspberry pi, including raspberry pi basics, tips and tricks, raspberry pi projects, and more! The Raspberry Pi is a small computer that is affordable, fun, practical, and rapidly growing in popularity. It …

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Team of Robots Designed to Move Suspect Vehicles

These recovery robots slide under a car and gently glide it away. (Photo credit: AVERT.)

European researchers have demonstrated a prototype robotic system that can move a car from a parked position. The system, called the Autonomous Vehicle Emergency Recovery Tool (AVERT), is designed to remove vehicles that are blocking entry or positioned suspiciously close to vulnerable positions such as tunnels, …

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Futaba R2004GF Receivers

From: Hobbico Since we happen to have a 4YF 2.4GHz FHSS 4-Channel Transmitter… The folks at Hobbico were nice enough to send us matching receivers to use in our robotics projects which allows us to use the same transmitter across multiple robots with little effort. Thanks …

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Make: Getting Started with Arduino:

Make: Getting Started with Arduino: by Massimo Banzi, Michael Shiloh The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform Arduino is the hot open source prototyping platform for artists, hobbyists, students, and anyone who wants to create interactive physical environments. Getting Started with Arduino is co-authored by Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi, and incorporates his experience in teaching, using, and creating Arduino. …

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Geeetech i3 Pro C Dual Extruder 3D Printer

Print two-color items with the Geeetech i3 Pro C Dual Extruder 3D Printer. (Photo credit: GETECH)

Build your own dual-extractor 3D printer with the Geeetech i3 Pro C Kit ($340). Once assembled, the i3 Pro C prints with ABS and PLA and is a great low-cost solution for builds that don’t require high precision. It has a layer height resolution of 0.1 …

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Human Navigation System Demonstrated

By electrically stimulating the right muscles, researchers were able to control which way humans walked using a smart phone. (Photo credit: University of Hannover, University of Munich, University of Stuttgart.)

Can’t chew gum and walk at the same time? Worry not! Researchers in Germany have demonstrated a remote-control system for human legs that can successfully steer people around a busy park, and on uneven ground. The actuated navigation system is intended to reduce the cognitive load …

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Light Up Your Bot with the AllPixel Kit

Seeed Technology's AllPixel kit makes it easy to control up to 700 LEDs as one. (Photo credit: Seeed Technology.)

Take control of your bot’s aesthetics with the AllPixel. This small device (2.7″ x 0.9″) makes it easy to control all major programmable LED strips via USB,including LPD8806, WS2801, WS2811/WS2812 (NeoPixel), WS2811 400kHz, APA102 (DotStar), TM1809, TM1803, TM1804, UCS1903, P9813, SM16716, LPD1886. All you need is some …

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An Easy to Animate, Six Legged Robot

Learn about robotics with this easy to assemble hexapod. (Photo credit: EZ-Robot.)

Meet Six, the hexapod from EZ-Robot. Six can balance on three legs and walk with four, which leaves the other legs free to push buttons, manipulate objects, or reach out for new footing. An camera in the head of the bot can identify QR codes, and …

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Robotic Ultrasound Enables Long-Distance Heart Exams

Dr. Partho Sengupta performs the first long-distance, tele-robotic ultrasound exam between The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. (Photo credit: Mount Sinai.)

Doctors in New York are currently testing a tele-robotic system that performs ultrasound exams on patients in Chicago, over the Internet. The study, which brings together cardiovascular imaging specialists at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and Rush University Medical Center in …

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